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The Florida offensive line took a major hit as starting offensive tackle Matt Patchan was ruled out of the Gator Bowl due to an upper back injury sustained in pre-bowl practice.
Former starter Xavier Nixon, who was benched due to inconsistent play, will get the start at right tackle.
Nixon will have his hands full dealing with stud DE John Simon, who will be moved all around the Buckeye defensive front to create mismatches and problems for an inconsistent Florida front five.
Patchan started the last seven games up front for the Gators, but Nixon has been a starter for most of the past two seasons up front.
Hopefully for the Gators, there won't be too much of a drop-off because with their inconsistent offense, they can't afford a letdown from Nixon.
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